The list of places to kayak in Florida keeps getting bigger and better, and Wakulla County's Maritime Heritage Paddling Trail system is a wonderful addition for outdoor lovers and Florida history buffs alike.
Ten trails make up the Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trail network, with an emphasis on showcasing the area's ecological diversity and history. The trails vary in difficulty; paddlers can choose their own adventure based on skill level and interest.
Apalachee Bay is mostly protected by the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and offers paddlers a look at one of the most undisturbed bays in the United States. Most of the trails are situated between Panacea and St. Marks, and can be done in about two to three hours.
Paddlers have the opportunity to see marshes, rivers, creeks and springs throughout the network of trails, with easy access to launch and take out facilities. For a loop rather than a linear trip, check out the Levy Bay Loop Trail, a 4.5-mile paddle that starts and ends at the Levy Bay Boat Ramp. It's recommended that paddlers go during high tide for the best experience, following the shoreline north to the end of Dickerson Bay and along the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge property. Kayakers will end up back in Levy Bay at the boat ramp.
For more information on the Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trails, check out www.visitwakulla.com/kayaking-canoeing/paddling-trails.html.